The name you are looking for is waiting
for you right now in literature, history, 
art, religion, genealogy—or in your imagination.

Inside . . .


Clients’ Thoughts

While privacy is completely protected at
My Name for Life, a few parents permitted—indeed, encouraged—these comments to be mentioned on this web site.

“I’m not going to reveal my son’s gorgeous name for all your new internet clients! I just want to say that you helped me with more than just a baby name: I was projecting all my new-mother anxiety on picking a name. I felt so positive and confident after our sessions. Good luck “expanding your horizons” on the web. —C.W.

“Tell her you’re having a Christmas baby—even if you’re not! I was resigned that my Dec. 25 baby would be Nicholas or Nicole, maybe Natalie or Christine. On my own, I never would have thought of all the choices I received, including my daughter’s beautiful Christmas name, Noella Grace.”—A.Z.

“We brought our daughter home from the hospital with no name in sight. I felt like we failed her somehow. You put our minds at ease and helped us find a name we both love. The Q&A session to figure out our styles was revealing. ” —A.L.

Why Do I Need a Name Consultant?

You don’t—no more than you need a realtor to find a home, a decorator to design your living room or a CPA to do your taxes. Parents certainly find their own children’s names just as they decorate their own homes or fill out their own tax forms. But a specialist can help make sense of all the options.

Like a realtor or interior designer, for examples, a baby name consultant searches for choices that meet your criteria, steering clear of styles that don’t interest you and leading you to options you may overlook. In the end, only YOU select the name you want. But with the reassuring expertise of a consultant who tackles naming professionally and loves names, your search will be more fruitful—and enjoyable!

Gone are the days when the same 20-30 names were used by a majority of Americans. Now with the internet, we regularly hear names from all over the country and around the world. As generations pass, parents are wondering how to honor their growing blend of ancestries and be successful in the English-speaking world. Parents-to-be often contact us to help them make sense of all the choices. Some just want a partner in the baby-naming adventure.  Don’t be afraid to ask for help or just for a companion in your search. It’s fun!

How Do You Choose
The Names You Suggest?

We’re guided by a strong philosophy: To uncover a distinctive name that carries positive influences from childhood to adulthood. Such a name imparts warm, attractive, strong qualities; looks handsome on paper; and sounds beautiful when spoken. That means selecting names whose syllables are pleasant to the English-speaking ear—regardless of the language of origin. This is important, since we find names of beauty, grace and strength in all languages. My Name for Life selects only those that can be pronounced and spelled using the English alphabet with sounds that are favorable to the English-speaking ear, subjective as that may be.

In general, we start by learning about your style preferences to identify the sphere of names that would please you most. Then we listen to your goals (perhaps you wish to honor a deceased relative) and to your limitations—be they religious, cultural or family traditions. Then we apply our own experience in terms of matching compatible sounds and rhythms.

My Name for Life has been compiling a database of both unusual and traditional names that is still growing. It includes a collection of beautiful sounds, syllables, prefixes and suffixes that come in handy when a little creativity is required.  However, our database is just one source of the names suggested to clients. Others come from our research library—history, literature, geography—and a little imagination. We have acquired contacts with expertise in various areas of language and culture that enjoy helping us with special dilemmas.

We enjoy testing names we love: They are handwritten and typed, spoken and repeated, called and announced, and researched to eliminate obvious negative associations. 

How Does a Name Consultation Work?

Nameseekers who’d like a partner in the decision-making process choose’s “Guided Name Selection Service,” a step-by-step, proven system that allows for maximum creativity with measurable progress toward finding a name. Parents who just need name suggestions select “Custom Name Suggestions” alone. Both services are based on style preferences, parameters and name dilemmas that parents communicate via personal consultation or via email questionnaire.

PERSONAL CONSULTATION: Personal consultations are generally done over the telephone (about an hour). The interview is used to elicit your name preferences. The conversation is an opportunity for a parent-to-be or other nameseeker to express likes and dislikes about names as well as any anxiety about naming.  

EMAIL CONSULTATION: Some parents, especially those outside the U.S., find email a more convenient way to express their naming parameters. Our 6-7 page copyrighted questionnaire is customized to your circumstances. It’s been perfected after many consultations with discerning parents.

GIFT CERTIFICATES: Gift Certificates are available for either Guided Selection or Custom Name Suggestions. It makes a memorable baby shower gift.

What Will I Receive?

My Name for Life provides hand-selected names or name pairs thoughtfully considered against criteria provided by you. No machine-generated selections. No random alphabetical lists plucked from a book. The style and criteria you provide may result in a handful of suggestions up to two dozen or more. Unless you request otherwise, suggestions for complete name pairs are generally provided (first and middle names for babies; first and last for fictional characters).

What if I don’t like your suggestions? will provide you with a beautiful selection of names, but the name you ultimately use is your choice of course. Unfortunately, there is no guarantee that you will like the name suggestions provided. What you have is our promise that we will search for and present to you the best suggestions known to us.

The Name Behind the Names

That would be Sherri Suzanne—editor, journalist, diligent onomatology (name studies) enthusiast, member of the American Name Society, who founded in New York after years of private consultation.

Sherri is known for helping parents discover unexpected name selections from literature, art, history and religion as well as from modern and ancient cultures and languages. She specializes in tough naming challenges, such as parents with clashing styles and families with blended cultures. Over the years, she has perfected techniques for eliciting name style preferences, matching names to parents’ criteria, testing names for the “real world” and addressing name remorse.

Sherri credits her name research ability to two decades as a magazine journalist in NYC and attributes her ability to perceive the impact of names to expertise in marketing and public relations. Beginning with names for expectant colleagues, her private consulting services grew quietly by word of mouth until she formalized her processes and created My Name for Life, bringing personal consultation to a worldwide web audience.

My Name for Life has served parents from coast to coast and on four continents so far. They range from executives, artists and political figures to professionals, entrepreneurs, and stay-at-home parents. According to Sherri, “It’s the goal of My Name for Life to help parents-to-be pick the ‘most important gift’ for their child in a joyous, stress-free, judgment-free way.”